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HEALERS MAGIC (article first published : 2002-08-18)

Created out of the need to prevent litter from being thrown on the railway tracks and to encourage the participation of residents, the Artistic Billboards - Healers Magic project is funded by DACST Poverty Alleviation Funds and Warwick Triangle City Beautification.

Traditional healers have created a healing strip of artistic billboards which are to be erected on the walls in Market Street, Warwick Triangle and Durban central. The 24 metres of billboards represent a colourful strip of artistic interpretations about healing and well-being and were drawn and painted by six sangomas. Under the guidance of mentor artists and Community Mural Projects, they devised the billboards on the theme of the herb traders’ market, health and healing. The project has been funded by DACST as part of the City Beautification and Poverty Relief Program.

In the Warwick Triangle precinct - known as the hub of Durban city where all the trains, buses and taxi ranks are situated - the billboards will be erected on the wall between the main road and the train lines. They are to function as a “band aid strip” to stop litter being trashed on to the railway tracks. Besides this practical reason, the billboards are aimed at beautifying the area and furthering the awareness of art in society by Bringing Art into the Streets.

To be accepted into the project the traditional healers were required to submit their own drawings. These drawings used imagery of non-western characters and symbols. The images themselves reflect little or no Western Iconography and illustrations reveal the essence and insight of intuitive understanding.

The subject and metaphors in the drawings are a pragmatic understanding of humanity. For example the tree of life interpretations - which emphasise the relationships between wholeness and healing and the circular motifs - illustrate the cyclic nature of consequence. With openness and sincerity, the traditional healers have made a subconscious effort to appraise their psyche and perception of their own values in their drawings. The traditional healers constantly use their associations of their own inner worlds as of the workings of the (Shades) Ancestors. While drawing they would regularly retreat from the workshop to partake of snuff and to call the ancestors to their dreams and drawings.

The Herb Traders worked with guidance and assistance from Community Mural Projects as co-ordinator and mentor artists namely facilitator Terry-anne Stevenson who is an Artist\Trustee of CMP; Nontombeko Ntombela who is a fourth-year student in printmaking at Durban Institute of Technology and a part time worker from Artist for Human Rights; Vincent Sbu Sithebe who is a teacher of Art at King George Hospital School and Doung Jahanger, architect and freelance artist as well as another artist/trustee of CMP Ilse Mikula. The participating herb traders/Sangomas were FA Mlimba.

More details from Terry-anne Stevenson on 083 654 4552 or e-mail: terryanne@mweb.co.za Further contacts are Richard Dobson on 031 202-5787 and Barbara Van Zyl on 083 787-6677.




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